The Why Store

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The first major-label album by Muncie, IN's, contribution to the '90s proliferation of loose-limbed jam bands follows two well-received indie releases and a couple of stretches on the scene-defining H.O.R.D.E. tour. That the Why Store never broke out of that particular subgenre the way that Blues Traveler or the Spin Doctors is understandable -- they just don't have a pop single equivalent to "Runaround" or "Two Princes" -- but they're certainly not without merit. The Why Store's key attribute is singer/songwriter Chris Shaffer, who has a great deep growly voice -- imagine a much less stiff version of the guy from the Crash Test Dummies -- and a knack for mellow, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The first major-label album by Muncie, IN's, contribution to the '90s proliferation of loose-limbed jam bands follows two well-received indie releases and a couple of stretches on the scene-defining H.O.R.D.E. tour. That the Why Store never broke out of that particular subgenre the way that Blues Traveler or the Spin Doctors is understandable -- they just don't have a pop single equivalent to "Runaround" or "Two Princes" -- but they're certainly not without merit. The Why Store's key attribute is singer/songwriter Chris Shaffer, who has a great deep growly voice -- imagine a much less stiff version of the guy from the Crash Test Dummies -- and a knack for mellow, folk-influenced melodies. The first single, "Lack of Water" (a slightly remixed track from their previous indie release), and the mandolin-flecked "Nobody," which has the best chorus on the album, are the key tracks, but the whole album has a fluid grace. The arrangements, heavy on the acoustic guitars and Hammond B-3 organ, fit the tunes nicely, and although the group has an obvious interplay, they wisely keep the song lengths reasonably brief. The Why Store didn't make much noise commercially, but it's a fine album nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/1996
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811142025
  • Catalog Number: 11420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broken Glass (4:01)
  2. 2 Father (4:29)
  3. 3 Nobody (3:06)
  4. 4 Surround Me (3:19)
  5. 5 Fool's Bargain (5:07)
  6. 6 Lies (4:42)
  7. 7 Good to Me (3:17)
  8. 8 So Sad to Leave It (4:45)
  9. 9 Sunrise (3:59)
  10. 10 She Likes to Move It (3:27)
  11. 11 Fade Away (3:42)
  12. 12 When I'm With You (4:40)
  13. 13 [Silence] (0:05)
  14. 14 [Silence] (0:05)
  15. 15 [Silence] (0:05)
  16. 16 [Silence] (0:04)
  17. 17 [Silence] (0:05)
  18. 18 [Silence] (0:05)
  19. 19 [Silence] (0:05)
  20. 20 [Silence] (0:05)
  21. 21 [Silence] (0:05)
  22. 22 [Silence] (0:05)
  23. 23 [Silence] (0:04)
  24. 24 [Silence] (0:05)
  25. 25 [Silence] (0:05)
  26. 26 [Silence] (0:17)
  27. 27 Lack of Water (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Why Store Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Chris Shaffer Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Pedersen Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Greg Gardner Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Michael David Smith Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Charlie Bushor Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Mike Wanchic Producer
The Why Store Producer
Kevin Reagan Art Direction
Geoff Bushor Engineer
Steve Spergl Executive Producer
Chris Shaffer Composer
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